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Success for the first OpenFood hackathon at the EPFL


le premier hackathon OpenFood

EPFL hosted the first OpenFood Hackdays on Friday and Saturday. 110 participants gathered on the campus to imagine projects combining technology and food. The best ideas will receive financial support to encourage their development.

An application that helps you shop for healthy eating, a site that lists small producers in your area or analyzes the content of your favorite beer at the molecular level, including pesticides. These are just a few of the twelve projects launched at EPFL during the first OpenFood Hackdays, which brought together engineers, nutritionists, students, graphic designers, doctors or Combine technology and food to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Participants used the data from the OpenFood.ch project developed at the EPFL, which lists thousands of foods sold in Switzerland in a database accessible to all. “The objective of these hackdays is to use the available data, from the receipt to the contents of our plates, to help the consumer make decisions that improve his health, taking into account factors such as allergies or nutrition For example, “explains Marcel Salathé, founder of Openfood.ch.

Know the origin of your meal

Participants in these Hackdays also emphasized transparency and sustainable development, with applications that show, for example, which producer comes from their meat, or the distance traveled by the products to reach the store’s stall.

The best projects among those presented this weekend will receive financial support to encourage their realization. Projects awarded for innovation, creativity and potential public impact will be announced at food.opendata.ch earlier this week.

Organized in partnership with the Opendata.ch association , the event was held in parallel with the Zurich University of Art, where 90 participants developed projects on similar themes. Notice to those who missed this first edition, the Open Food Hackdays will be organized twice a year for the next three years, with a next edition scheduled this fall.

source: The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

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